Paramedic FAQ

Certification comes from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). Visit http://www.scdhec.net/hr/ems/ 

 

Instructors are SC Certified Paramedics who have completed a 40-hour instructor course and are approved by SC DHEC. The instructors are also required to be BLS instructors approved by American Heart Association, American Red Cross or ASHI.

Students must have a high school diploma or GED and be at least 18 years of age. Prior to registration, students must take the appropriate WorkKeys tests and achieve passing scores. Call (803) 508-7263 for information. A background check is required for all health programs and immunizations must be current. Students must also complete a PPD (TB skin test) and the Hepatitis-B vaccination series.

 

EMT training requires that a person be in good physical condition. EMTs must be able to lift, carry and balance 125 lbs or more in order to lift and/or move injured persons. EMTs must be able to use good judgment, and communicate verbally and non-verbally in an emergency situation. Good manual dexterity is needed to use a variety of instruments during treatment.

Students are required to have a minimum of five patient contacts and 20 hours of "ride-alongs" on area ambulance services. These must be completed during the course and prior to the final examination.

EMTs provide care to the injured and the critically ill at the scene and on route to the hospital/medical facility. This course is designed to help you gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be a competent, productive and valuable member of the emergency medical services team. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the National Registry EMT-Basic exam required to become certified in South Carolina. The student is responsible for examination fees. Visit www.nremt.org/about/nremt_news.asp This course is a prerequisite for the EMT-Intermediate course and can start yu on a career path to becoming a certified paramedic. For more information about the EMT-Basic to Paramedic career path, follow this link: Public Safety Career Path
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